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Introduction: I am a retired university professor with 50 years of experience teaching; editing and publishing academic articles; preparing theses and dissertations for M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. My professional fields of expertise are English, world literature, world history, philosophy, and psychology. I am proficient in French and have intermediate knowledge of Spanish and German. I'm available for online service or in person, within 50 miles of Long Beach, California. My average fee is $45/hr, which is negotiable, depending upon the nature of the project and the financial situation of the client. References are available. I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

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Serves Long Beach, CA

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Blessed U.

Writing and Editing Services

I am now a published author, thanks to Dr. Baum's expertise. What an insightful and patient editor. Dr, Al pushed me beyond my comfort zone. He pushed me from a dreamer to a now published author. I will forever be indebted to Dr. AL. …Blessed U. Sikhosana
Feb 4, 2021
Jocelyn G.


Alwin is an amazing editor! I will use him every book I publish ❤️ He edits, motivates and gives phenomenal feedback!! He also gave me criticism on my novel and explained why I shouldn’t use certain words or certain events in my book! Alwin emailed me weekly and made sure I stayed on track! Thank you soooooo much ❤️
Dec 16, 2018
Sera C.

Writing and Editing Services

An incredibly prolific writer, has a way with words that'll make my book look like the discovery of gold. I'm very excited to get this project started with this professor, he's an exceptional writer and I see no reason why he isn't the perfect fit to write my poetry book synopsis.
May 25, 2018
Stacy A.

Writing and Editing Services

Al is responsive and provides professional and high quality editorial service. I look forward to working with him on the next project!
Apr 23, 2018
Roman S.

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Dr. Baum's feedback was thorough and meaningful. I'm looking forward to working with him in the future.
Sep 21, 2019
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Alwin Baum


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My standard fee is $45/hour for writing, editing, and proofreading services. That fee is negotiable, depending on the nature of the project and the financial situation of the client.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    After an initial contact from the customer, I will try to respond within a few hours. No fee will be charged until we agree on terms for compensation and actually begin work on the project. I prefer to work together online, but I am available for personal meeting within 50 miles of my home in Long Beach, CA.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and nearly 50 years of experience teaching, researching, writing, and editing academic books, articles, conference papers, theses and dissertations. I have experience also ghostwriting, editing, and proofreading fictional and autobiographical manuscripts as well as poetry.

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